arpita dutt
Name: Arpita Dutt
Firm Name: BDBF
Country: England
Expertise: Labour & Employment Law


View website

Professional Biography:

Arpita is a founding partner of City of London leading employment firm, BDBF.

Reputed for its highly personal service and excellent outcomes in advising senior executives and businesses on employment law and HR, BDBF has consistently been top-ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners publications. This specialist employment law team comprises 7 partners, 7 lawyers and a 6 person practice team.

Arpita has been described in Chambers & Partners as “one of the best negotiators around because she routinely gets settlements that are worth more than the cases”; the Legal 500 mirrored this by describing Arpita as an “excellent negotiator“. She has consistently been ranked as a leading lawyer in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

She was recognised as a “Hot 100” lawyer by “The Lawyer” magazine for her employment whistleblowing cases, who said that “Word-of-mouth has made her the go-to lawyer for consultant surgeons dismissed after unveiling cases of mismanagement affecting patient care“. Opponents have described her as the ”person they would least want to be against”.

In July 2018, Arpita chaired the UK Employment Lawyers Association’s consultation response to the European Commission’s proposed Whistleblowing Directive.

Arpita is a trusted and seasoned employment litigator for individuals and businesses.

Career highlights include:

  • Advising several CEOs and managing directors from banks and hedge funds, law firm and private equity LLP members in successful severance negotiations involving complex issues and remuneration packages
  • Advising NHS Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Consultant, Mr Weerasinghe, in his successful career-loss dismissal, disability discrimination and whistleblowing claim against an NHS Trust, reported by BBC News and The Sunday Times leading to a 7 figure award.
  • Advising Professors and Clinical Academics facing career destabilising disciplinary allegations against leading Universities, some involving #MeToo allegations.
  • Advising businesses on managing complex negotiated exits and defending high-profile litigation

Arpita is a regular speaker at conferences and training events on employment law and diversity and inclusion, and a commentator on high profile whistleblowing and employment issues on the BBC, City AM, FT Ignites, The Times and in other publications.

She launched www.sackedinthecity.co.uk in October 2013 – a website aimed at informing and improving the working lives of senior executives in the City, and is currently its editor.

She is a member of the Employment Lawyer’s Association’s Legislative and Policy Committee and Brexit Sub-committees, the Industrial Law Society, Womens’ Executive Network, and is a Freeman of the City of London through her membership of the Guild of Entrepreneurs.

Location: